iPhone 4 has truly revamped Apple’s image in the Smartphone market. In the year 2010, iPhone 4’s sales only in the U.S. were over 3 million in the first week of its launch compared to 1.7 million of its predecessors. The numbers are speaking for it and advocating a strong impression of this new Apple product.
Many of the users that have bought iPhone4 use it for a variety of purposes. The corporate clientele of the machine is leveraging more out of its dynamic functions and services compared to the house hold user.
In the year 2010, we have seen a rise in mobile app development amongst the low end users as well. With companies such as AvenueSocial andSocialJitney, the iPhone generation is more inclined towards getting their personalized apps developed on this short-format aka mobile platform.
In December 2010, the video chat feature on iPhone 4 got a lot more useful with the addition of Skype to it. Skype announced its latest iPhone app update, enabling the users of Skype on Mac and Windows along with other iPhone OS devices. In addition to the Wi-Fi functionality, Skype’s iPhone video chat now manages to one-up Apple’s own FaceTime chat by working over 3G connections.
In the first quarter of 2011 (Q1), Apple is expected to launch 2 million more iPhones than originally planned according to a Taiwan-based component supplier, Digitimes. The increase in number of handsets reflects upon the consumer need and popularity of iPhone in the new fiscal year 2011.
Furthermore, news from the Apple blocks worth mentioning is the development of their first CDMA technology based phone. Verizon and Sprint’s network unlike AT&T and other global carriers operates on CDMA technology.
Apple is expected to ship around 5-6 million iPhones in Q1 that will feature the CDMA technology. Apple may be able to significantly expand the iPhone’s presence without killing the sales of its existing units too much.
Apple currently controls over 50% of the Smartphone market in the US. With the technological developments underway, it’s most likely that a smarter and more wide accepted version of iPhone will be launched in the market in near future.
iPhone 4 has most definitely given a boost to Apple’s image and with its adaptability and multi-carrier support feature it is sure to lead the Smartphone market in 2011 too.